NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – In a pair of recent Genome Research papers, two research teams applied genetic and genomic approaches to learn more about an industrial Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain called PE-2 and other yeast strains that are being used to produce biofuels.

The PE-2 strain, which ferments sugar cane, is used by nearly a third of Brazilian distilleries. The microbe has garnered attention in biofuel circles, since Brazilian bioethanol projects typically rely on sugar cane as a feedstock rather than grains.

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A Columbia University-led team used emergency contact information from medical records to create family trees and estimate disease heritability.

Parabon NanoLabs is partnering with law enforcement to use genetic genealogy approaches to solve cold cases, Buzzfeed News reports.

In Science this week: ancient Southeast Asian genomes provide insight on human migration, and more.

NPR says a new report recommends that former research chimpanzees should be moved to retirement sanctuaries unless that move would shorten their lives.

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